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643 myō-on

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wood, with an electric speaker; L. 45.6cm

A sound-producing device which provides a continuous ostinato pattern. Devised specifically for meditation by a religious group in Japan. The name of the instrument means "wondrous sound." Manufactured by request at the Kotobuki workshop in 1982.

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Music Department, Tokyo National University of the Arts, 12-8 Ueno Kouen, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-8714, Japan